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Boy, 13, held at Moscow airport had drugs in tummy
MOSCOW A 13-year-old boy was arrested at a Moscow airport yesterday after stepping off a plane from Tajikistan with 840g of heroin hidden in his stomach, Russian customs officials said.
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"During a customs check, the presence of containers with drugs were identified in the young boy's stomach-intestinal tract," Russia's customs service said in a written statement.
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"The boy was immediately taken to a children's hospital where doctors extracted 840g of heroin from his body," the statement added. The boy was travelling with his mother, a citizen of Tajikistan, when they were detained at Domodedovo Airport near Moscow.
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The mother "admitted during questioning that she knew about the drugs" and "probably hoped customs officials could not possibly suspect a 13-year-old of such a serious and dangerous crime", the customs service said.
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Officials said a 30-year-old passenger was also arrested after landing at Domodedovo on a different flight from Tajikistan and that more than two kilogrammes of heroin were found hidden in containers in his stomach.
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Tajikistan is a major transit country for opium and heroin from neighbouring Afghanistan and Russia is seen as the main route for the drugs to reach lucrative Western markets. Customs officials said they had seized more than a tonne of heroin this year but experts say this is only a small fraction of the amounts that are successfully smuggled through. AFP

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